Mr. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter with Steely Dan

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  1. doctorunderhill

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    damn but did Mr. Baxter have some serious "Funk" in those early Days of Steely Dan.

    just saying.
     
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    For example?
     
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    Good band, but never a fan.
     
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    Great band, full of greats songs and players.
    The Dan and Mr. Baxter were a perfect fit.
    I like to tell myself I play like JB.
    I may be full of it.
     
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    My Old School and King of the World come to mind.
     
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    The first 3 SD albums are just chock full of the Skunks brilliance. The best guitarist they ever had & I'd say that to Fagens face! :cool:

    I recently saw the vinyl version of the Ultimate Spinach. Wanted to buy, but the price was too high to stomach that much green. :twisted:
     
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    My Old School, Kings, 2nd solo ( trade off with keyboards ) on Bodhisattva, The Boston Rag, King of the World, Midnight Cruiser
    - any pedal steel you hear on first 3 albums ( Fire in the Hole, Pearl of The Quarter)


    - basically with the exception of a few great guest spots, the guitars on first 3 albums ( as they were a real band then) are either Denny Dias or Jeff Baxter.
     
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    just listen to the album "Can't Buy a Thrill".
    and I believe you will know when you get there.
     
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    Steely Dan shares a particular place (with Elvis Costello) in my head. to me the unique perspectives and sensibilities are unlike the vast majority of their contemporaries from a lyrical standpoint.

    just one example. when I first head the song "Hey 19" I was in my 20's and while the music "grabbed" me I fail to pay proper attention to the lyrics/ the story.

    that situation changed in the summer of 1990. my first wife and I had separated and officially divorced on july 3rd.

    in sept of that same year an "associate's" wife set me up on a date with a girl she was working with. the girl was 19, and I was just shy of 38.
    the Very Next Time I heard "Hey 19" I paid close attention.
    and I understood.
     
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    I think Denny Dias gets overlooked, food for thought.
     
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    I just had another listen to Steely Dan on The Definitive Collection. So many great players including Becker himself.

    If I had to choose, it would have to be Larry Carlton.

     
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    The Jeff Skunk Baxter era of Steely Dan sounds noticeably different than the later albums, in my opinion.
     
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    You ol’ cradle robber you! ;)

    I couldn’t resist
     
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    Fantastic player one of my favorite solos of all time - a master piece IMHO.

     
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    He's so great that I attribute all the good guitar on the early albums to him. Watching vids of Skunk, he never stuck me as a great player.
     
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    I'm more of a denny dias fan
     
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    Rikki is fantastic. One of my favorite solos from that album is Night By Night. Someone should market a pedal with that sound. Tone! :cool:
     
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    A fantastic form of a great band. Always been a fan of the Skunk
     
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    And he can play the congas.

     
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